Clancy enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in August of 2010 and received orders to report for Boot Camp June 20, 2011. His recruiting officer, Staff Sgt. Lord, Marshalltown, is trying to make arrangements for Clancy to report at a later date to allow him the opportunity to play in the Shrine Bowl.
“I received notice in December that I was one of the nominees for the game,” said Clancy. “Then in January I got the official invitation. I’m really honored to be invited to play in this. It will be fun to play on that field and with a group of other seniors from around the state. It’s also a chance to help the Shriners a little with their fund raising for their worthy causes.”
Clancy will wear jersey number 23 and play wide receiver for the South squad. The teams are divided geographically by Highway 30. Since the STC High School is located south of Highway 30, Clancy plays for the South team.
Last season as a wide receiver for the Trojans, Clancy caught 67 passes for 1,193 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had seven rushes for 16 yards, returned six punts for 88 yards and eight kickoffs for 160 yards.
As a defensive back he had 35 tackles, two interceptions with 51-return yards and one fumble recovery.
There is much more to the event than just the game. The players will visit a Shrine Childrens Hospital and also take part in a parade in Ames, along with many other activities.
Clancy has advance tickets for sale and can be reached at 641-484-4140. He wants people to understand it is not definite yet he will be able to play. “I’m about 90 percent sure,” he said. “I think Staff Sgt. Lord will be able to arrange this for me.”
The shrine Bowl game is a fund raiser for the Iowa Shriners. To date they have raised over $2 million for the Shriners Hospitals for Children through the annual event.